I am moving to Sydney in March 2005. I am an American and will be moving in with my girlfriend/fiance in her apartment in Coogee.
I have plenty of funds to sustain me there while I work around the Visa/job hunt situation.
However, I was wondering if anyone had any advice as to the best route to take for moving there. I noticed there is a fiance/ or de facto marriage visa, but you need to be married within 9 months in the country, which we are not going to do, at least not in the first 9 months (thought about doing it for convenience, but easier to talk about than to do).
Essentially I would hate to arrive and be staying at home while my girlfriend works, and so am trying to be as proactive as possible with hopes of landing a job for some sort of income.
I was advised to arrive on a tourist visa, interview, and then obtain a working permit through the company as a sponser. Problem is with that, I will be competing with people that have working permits/or citizens of the country. Also, the office claims that it could take 1 to 3 months to process this request, which further hinders an employers interest in my work.
I am an experienced Securities Trader and am a Chartered Financial Analyst.
Ultimately if I cannot find work I will be forced to move back home to Boston, MA, away from the woman that I love and certainly trying to prevent that from happening.
Any advice or system loopholes, or experiences (pertaining to Americans moving to Australia, or vice-versa) would be amazingly appreciated.
Thank you for your time,